Why pay to travel when you have Google Earth?

A quirky media dust-up this week brought a lot of attention to one mom ‘n pop website: Google Sightseeing. Their motto is “why bother seeing the world for real?”. What they’ve done is managed to collect a huge database of sights that you can actually see from Google Earth.

But one sight you won’t be seeing (or at least in anything more than a super blurry blob) is the world’s largest palm tree, whose discovery was announced this week. The scientists had claimed it “can even be seen in Google Earth.” That turns out to be a bit of a stretch.

There are, however, plenty of things you can see from Google Earth. You can, for instance, be a virtual tourist and zip around Easter Island, the abandoned city of San Zhi, and the site of the world’s largest fingerprint.